Chelsea and Atletico Madrid ‘fighting over’ Stoke City wonderkid



Mo Sankoh is being pursued by Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, according to Goal.

The 16-year-old Stoke City youth forward has been in fine form this season, helping the under-18s reach the Premier League Cup final. He was the youngest player in the Netherlands squad who were crowned under-17s European champions last year.

Stoke pulled off a coup to keep hold of the youngster, a Clayton Hall student, last summer and there is excitement in the club about his potential.

Michael O’Neill was watching from the stands in the final game before the shut down.

Goal report: “Sankoh is arguably the hottest property in the Championship club’s Academy… both Chelsea and Atletico have had talks with the 16-year-old.”

Sankoh joined Stoke from Sparta Rotterdam in 2018 and has been regular on the scoresheet for the under-18s and 23s in the last few months. Coaches have been impressed with his leadership too and he’s a popular character.

The plan was to ease him into the under-23s right now if football was still going.

Stoke would certainly not give him up without a fight.

He will return next season as a full-time footballer and there is a pathway to the first team, as shown with the progress of Tyrese Campbell under O’Neill.

Academy director Gareth Owen said earlier this month: “There are opportunities there.

“We have seen the one that Tyrese has grabbed and who’s to say who can be the next? We keep stressing to all our players that they can be the next one – and they have to be ready to seize any chance that comes there way.”





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